Do You Really Delight In God?

I was reminded today of Ps. 37:4, a favorite promise to many of us. It says, “Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart.” It seems people often focus on the second part of this verse, and then to get what they desire, they try hard to delight themselves in God. But is that a pure motive? Does not God see?

What would you think if your friends (and even your spouse) were trying to find it delightful to be around you, talk with you, give you compliments, and try to please you, but you could see clearly into their hearts that the purpose of all the flattery and attention was in order that they would eventually achieve their own desires? How would that make you feel? Would you feel truly loved?

God does want our love. He wants our worship and our obedience and our time, but He knows that will grow to perfection if we love Him. Jesus says in Matt. 22:37, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.” And Mark’s and Luke’s accounts add “and with all your strength.”

So, I’m wondering, are most Christians doing this? Some are. And they have devoted their lives to showing God they love Him by their service, their obedience, their worship, and their time. But many, even while doing that, have a love that is growing cold. It’s not hard to detect this cooling love, and many even admit to it. Their joy in the “loving” has diminished and they find themselves thinking of other things… the economy, their savings, family, career, reputation, hobbies, the news, their worries…..

Friends, Heaven is about being with God, being with Jesus, delighting ourselves in Him. If we are not doing that here on earth, today, tonight, tomorrow, all week, then why is it we want to go to Heaven? Is it just for the perks? Or is it because we truly love our God? — Truly have affection for Him? –Truly delight being in His Presence?

I’m sorry, but if you are giving more time and devotion to the world –the malls, the T.V., the internet, sports, hobbies, family, friends, entertainment, eating out, etc.– than you are to God, then I worry that God may not accept such a heart into His Presence for all eternity. He sees it is a divided heart, an untrue heart, a worldly heart, a spiritually adulterous heart… And His Word makes clear that He does not accept those kinds of hearts. As 1 John 2:15 says, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

I would suggest that we all examine and test ourselves carefully to see if we are truly in the faith as 2 Cor. 13:5 tells us to do. Because to be in the Christian faith is to walk in joyful obedience to Christ, delighting in God’s Word, and loving Him with all our beings — every minute –not just when we feel it’s convenient.

One test to begin with is this: How true is Ps. 73:25 for you? “Whom have I in heaven but You? And being with You, I desire nothing on earth.”

So what is your heart’s highest desire? Be honest.  Because honesty with yourself may save your eternal soul…

with love,


~ by smilesback on December 15, 2009.

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